Attacks on police officers would be considered hate crimes under proposed bill

The bill would allow someone convicted of a hate crime against an officer to receive a sentence of death or life without parole.
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Head of Oklahoma conservative think tank likens proposed lobbying rules to Jim Crow-era laws

The proposed rules would require groups engaged in indirect lobbying to disclose spending, donors and put disclaimers on advertisements, phone calls or other communication stating that it is a “lobbyist communication.”
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Ethics Commission considers rules creating new category of lobbyist, requiring disclosures

“The idea is when somebody is funding communications that involves pending legislation and is urging a specific vote on the legislation, there needs to be disclosure," said Ashley Kemp, Ethics Commission executive director.
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Proposed law would criminalize abortion, allowing for life sentences for women who undergo the procedure

The bill, proposed by Sen. Joseph Silk, R-Broken Bow, would require the state AG to ensure all abortions resulted in criminal charges. Abortions rose in Oklahoma in 2017 after several years of being in decline.
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Oklahoma spends millions in overtime pay to staff prisons

Oklahoma prisons are facing critical staffing shortages. Oklahoma Department of Corrections spent $15.5 million on overtime pay last fiscal year.
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Exclusive: Big dreams and big incentives offered in Tulsa’s rejected bid for second Amazon headquarters

The bid, obtained by The Frontier, shows that while Tulsa offered the trillion-dollar company all it had available, it couldn't — and maybe shouldn't — have gone to the lengths of the winning bidders.
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Hall-Harper: Comments defending Tate Brady were ‘white privilege in action’

Hall-Harper, Tulsa's lone black councilor, was visibly troubled by the comments made Wednesday, and said that she would eventually vote in favor of the name change.
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Once thought to be a juggernaut, support for teacher causes appears to have waned

Educators were the toast of Oklahoma last spring following their successful walkout and rally at the State Capitol. But support for the cause seems to have petered out if Tuesday's election results are any guide.
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Kevin Stitt rides outsider status to easy win in race for governor

In his victory speech, Kevin Stitt raised his hand above his head and thanked Jesus before talking of running Oklahoma more like a business.
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Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler wins second term

Kunzweiler, the Republican candidate who first succeeded his former boss Tim Harris as DA in 2014, jumped out to a slight early lead and slowly built his advantage throughout the night.
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